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1grate

verb \ˈgrāt\
grat·edgrat·ing

Definition of GRATE

transitive verb
1
archaic :  abrade
2
:  to reduce to small particles by rubbing on something rough <grate cheese>
3
:  fret, irritate
4
a :  to gnash or grind noisily
b :  to cause to make a rasping sound
c :  to utter in a harsh voice
intransitive verb
1
:  to rub or rasp noisily
2
:  to cause irritation :  jar <a voice that grates on the nerves>
grat·er noun
grat·ing·ly \ˈgrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin of GRATE

Middle English, from Anglo-French grater to scratch, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krazzōn to scratch
First Known Use: 14th century

2grate

noun

: a metal frame with bars across it that is used in a fireplace or to cover an opening

Full Definition of GRATE

1
a :  a barred frame for cooking over a fire
b :  a frame or bed of iron bars to hold a stove or furnace fire
c :  fireplace
2
:  grating 2
3
obsolete :  cage, prison

Origin of GRATE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin crata, grata hurdle, alteration of Latin cratis — more at hurdle
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

3grate

verb
grat·edgrat·ing

Definition of GRATE

transitive verb
:  to furnish with a grate

First Known Use of GRATE

1547

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
GRATINGLY Defined for Kids

1grate

verb \ˈgrāt\
grat·edgrat·ing

Definition of GRATE for Kids

1
:  to break into small pieces by rubbing against something rough <grate cheese>
2
:  to grind or rub against something with a harsh noise
3
:  to have an irritating effect <His voice grates on me.>

2grate

noun

Definition of GRATE for Kids

1
:  a frame containing parallel or crossed bars (as in a window)
2
:  a frame of iron bars to hold a fire

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